Lalong setting template for unity in diversity as Tinubu campaign DG- Dati

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Plateau State Commissioner of Land, Survey and Town Planning, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said Governor Simon Lalong accepted the job of Director General of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Presidential Campaign Organisation as part of efforts to promote unity in diversity, which is what contemporary Nigeria needs.
Dati said Lalong was rallying critical stakeholders from every part of the country to work together in pursuit of harmony, peace and togetherness even as the All Progressives Congress (APC) push to win the 2023 presidential election in 2023.
He said by taking the appointment, Lalong wanted to provide a counterforce against the divisive interpretation of the well-calculated political decision, which would benefit the ruling party.
“Governor Lalong is rising above the fault lines of religion and ethnicity to project religious tolerance and steer the nation away from plunging into the tenterhooks of war, to setting the building blocks for harmony and peaceful coexistence. Lalong would shun what divides citizens, drawing from his personal experience where his kith and kin are made of a fine mix of Christians and Muslims living in harmony, to build on this long desired unity,” he said.
The Governor was in the Villa on Wednesday to appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for approving several projects in Plateau State including over N3 billion Cancer Centre for the University of Jos; the establishment of an orthopaedic hospital in Jos, when he was asked a question on the Tinubu/Shettima ticket.
In response to a question about his acceptance to lead the Tinubu/Shettima campaign, the Governor used the analogy of the most respected Vatican potentate to underscore his proud religious heritage to promote the cardinal attribute of peace, saying ‘I hold a Papal knight and as a catholic, everything we do, we do it and send the advice to the Pope. The Pope has not told me that what I’m doing is bad, as a Catholic, we take that direction.’
Dati frowned at the attempt to misconstrue the message contained in his response and said that the attempt by conflict merchants to confuse his metaphoric reference to his Knighthood of KSGG, is being weaponised for political mileage with the intention of plunging the most populous African country to war.
He explained that the Catholic Church has over the years made it a policy to explore ways of opening avenues for inter-religious harmony and the reference by Governor Lalong is an enunciation of this pursuit and his belief in peaceful coexistence.
“As one whose worldview is shaped by unity in diversity, the Governor is driven to replicate this win-win experience for national cohesion. Therein lies his motivation to defend peaceful coexistence and promote the Tinubu/Shettima APC presidential ticket without fear or intimidation. While his political traducers resort to exploiting the Freudian slip to ply their trade, men of goodwill will dig deeper and appreciate his internal train of thought that means no harm,” he said.
He urged that Nigerians should not overheat the country with religious and ethnic polarisation, knowing that insensitive religious insinuations could ignite crisis that may go out of control.
“According to research, there exists about 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements and ultimate concerns, which at some point will be countless in Nigeria. The Rwandan genocide that led to the slaughtering of about 800,000 persons in just 100 days, according to a BBC report, was traced to the exploitation of existing fault,-lines between the Tutsi and Hutu. So rather than use ethnicity and religion as fault lines to divide, they should form the basis for integration and peaceful coexistence, which should be championed by all men of goodwill,” he said.

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